February 2009 Virginia Engineers on the Move
Ronald L. Ewing, P.E., RLS, recently announced that Donald E. Stone, Jr., P.E., has joined Dewberry as chief operating officer. Mr. Stone brings over 25 years of engineering/architecture industry experience with ten years of corporate operational leadership to the position, having served in multiple executive capacities, including COO for Oâ€™Brien & Gere Limited, his most recent firm. Mr. Stone will assume his responsibilites immediately, filling the position left vacant when Mr. Ewing became CEO in 2005. While with O’Brien & Gere, Mr. Stone’s corporate leadership positions included Director of Corporate Business Development, Chief Operating Officer, President of the firm’s Total Water Solutions division, and Director on the firm’s Board of Directors. He graduated in 1980 from The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, with a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. He is a water/wastewater engineer with technical expertise in designbuild programs and industrial, municipal, and federal project development and execution.
William A. Aden, P.E., C.E.O. and President of Draper Aden Associates, is featured in the January 2009 issue of Civil Engineering News Magazine, in regard to the impact of the upcoming economic challenges facing civil engineering firms. Mr. Aden was one of five civil engineering executives across the nation interviewed by the national engineering publication. Based on a forecast of declining expenditures for civil engineering as a whole, a series of questions about upcoming economic challenges, were put to the group. Mr. Aden currently serves on the Virginia Tech College of Engineering Advisory Board and Virginia Tech’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a past member of the College of Civil Engineering Advisory Board. He also currently holds the position of President of the Blacksbug Partnership, Inc., a non-profit independent economic development organization formed by the town, local businesses, and Virginia Tech.
Draper Aden Associates is pleased to announce that H. Christina McCartney has joined the firm as a Project Administrator in the Charlottesville location Ms. McCartney brings over 17 years experience of executive assistance to the firmâ€™s Site Planning and Engineering Team. Her duties will include the facilitation of project scheduling, budgeting, and planning.
Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. is proud to announce that six employees have recently earned the designation of LEEDÂ® Accredited Professional awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council. Employees include Staff Engineers Philip Winterland, Laura Cavanaugh, and Mary Kate Toomey; Project Engineer Gregory Hughel; Facility Management Consultant Natasha Jurakhan; and Project Manager Mayra Portalatin.
Facility Engineering Associates, P.C. (FEA) is also proud to announce that Nicholas Szakelyhidi has earned the Construction Document Technologist (CDT) designation presented by the Construction Specifications Institute. Also, Vice President William Small achieved the Project Management Professional (PMP) designation through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Mr. Szakelyhidi is a Project Engineer in FEAâ€™s Fairfax, Va. office location, and has been since his start in 2006. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, with a degree in Architectural Engineering and an emphasis on building structural systems. Notable projects include structural concrete restorations, facade and balcony rehabilitations, roofing and waterproofing repairs, and facility condition assessment work. Mr. Small, Vice President of Operations and Associate, has over 22 years of professional experience in the world of building systems and materials. He has been the program manager for many of FEA’s large projects, including FEA’s National Park Service account.
Hankins and Anderson, Inc. announces the following new employees:
Joseph W. Rainey has joined the firm’s Life Safety Department as a Fire Protection Engineer in their Glen Allen Office. Mr. Rainey interned with the firm this past summer and is a recent Virginia Commonwealth University graduate;
Kenneth R. Wash, LEED AP, has joined the firm’s Project Management Department as a Project Manager in the Glen Allen Office. Mr. Wash was formerly with ccrd Partners;
and Richard D. Worrall, SET, CPP, has joined the firm’s Life Safety Department as a Fire Alarm Designer in their Glen Allen Office. Mr. Worrall was formerly with Worrall & Associates Consulting, LLC.
Hurd & Obenchain, Inc. has recently announced that:
Matt Holland, one of the firmâ€™s mechanical engineers, has just passed his Fundamentals of Engineering exam. Mr. Holland is officially an Engineer-in-Training at this juncture. He graduated from VMI in 1996 with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and has worked for the firm since 2001; and Chad Nixon just received his certification as a LEEDÂ® Accredited Professional. Mr. Nixon has worked for the firm since 2006 as an electrical engineer and is Hurd & Obenchainâ€™s seventh LEED Accredited Professional.
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has appointed Joseph G. Paciulli, LS to serve on the Loudoun County Economic Development Commission (EDC) as Member Emeritus for 2009. Mr. Paciulli has been a member of the EDC for six years, two of these years serving as chairman. He is well known for guiding the Commission as it strongly supported the extension of rail to Loudoun County, reviewed advanced higher education opportunities and achieved funding for increased international business opportunities. Mr. Paciulli is Partner and Executive Vice President of Paciulli, Simmons & Associates. He is currently serving on several local boards and committees including the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance Review Committee, the Loudoun County Affordable Dwelling Unit Advisory Board, the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Government Relations sub committee for Loudoun County, and the Loudoun Chapter of the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association.
The Louis Berger Group, Inc., (BERGER) is pleased to announce three new Associate Civil Engineers have joined the Richmond, Virginia office. BERGER welcomes Lorraine Perfetti, Erin Callahan, and Steven McKinnon. Ms. Perfetti began her education at Tidewater Community College, where she obtained an A.S. degree in Engineering. She completed her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University. Ms. Callahan also joined the Transportation Design Section following graduation from Clemson University, where she received her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering. She has also completed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (EIT). Mr. McKinnon holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Lawrence Technological University. He has completed the requirements of the Fundamentals of Engineering (EIT) as well.
Paciulli, Simmons & Associates is pleased to announce that Jack Williams, P.E., Tod Kolankiewicz, and Ann Germain, P.E. have been named as the firm’s newest partners. Mr. Williams is the Director of Engineering for the firm’s Leesburg office. Since joining the firm over two decades ago, he has managed public and private sector projects ranging from large mixed-use developments to master-planned communities and municipal road and utility projects. Mr. Kolankiewicz is the Director of Public Sector Engineering for the firm’s Fairfax office. In the twenty five years since he joined the firm, he has managed a wide variety of projects as well as term contracts for federal, state and local government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Germain is the Director of Engineering for the firm’s Fairfax office. She has over 24 years of experience with the firm in the design and review of engineering plans for private and public sector clients.
Sinclair Pratt Cameron, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotion of Christopher D. Sterne, P.E. to Director of Engineering and the addition of Kevin L. Rainey, E.I.T. to the staff as a Project Engineer.
Timmons Group is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors has recently named Michael Patey, P.E., and Andrew Moriarty, P.E., as Associates with the firm. Mr. Patey is a Senior Project Manager with the firm’s Public Safety group, focusing primarily on Timmons Group’s designbuild teaming opportunities for public and private sector projects. He has over 15 years of extensive industry experience. He has performed design, permitting, and construction management for public and private sector projects relating to site development, regional stormwater management systems, and water distribution and sewer collection intrastructure systems. He holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Miami. He is a Designated Design-Build Professional with the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Mr. Moriarty is Director of North Carolina Engineering and has more than 15 years experience providing consulting engineering services for projects ranging from large mixed-use and master-planned communities to small site development programs. His responsibilities have included project management, engineering, permitting, interaction with public and private stakeholders groups and close coordination. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.
Timmons Group is also pleased to announce the following new hires and registrations:
Steven Miller has joined the firm as Senior Project Manager with the Water Waste Water group. Mr. Miller comes to Timmons Group from Malcolm Pirnie where he was an Associate and Project Manager. He has 27 years of experience in various phases of Civil, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. He earned his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering as well as his M.S. degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental and Water Resources from Drexel University;
Amy Zech has joined the firm as a GIS Analyst with the Geospatial Solutions group. Ms. Zech comes to Timmons Group from Hancock Forest Management, located in Vancouver, Wash., where she was a GIS Analyst for three years. She received her B.S. degree in Forest Resource Management from Virginia Tech;
Safa Al-Arif has joined the firm as a GIS Applications Developer with the Geospatial Solutions group. Mr. Al-Arif comes to the firm from the Idea Center in Richmond where he was a Web Developer/PHP & MYSQL Programmer. He is currently pursuing his Computer Science Degree at Virginia Commonwealth University;
Nick Jacob has joined the firm as a GIS Specialist with the Geospatial Solutions group. Mr. Jacob comes to Timmons Group from The Virginia Department of Emergency Management where he was Emergency Planner. He received his B.S. degree in Political Science from Radford University and studied Homeland Security at Virginia Commonwealth University;
Turner Bradford has passed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Professional Accreditation exam and is now a LEEDÂ® Accredited Professional. Mr. Bradford is a project engineer with Timmons Groupâ€™s Charlottesville office. He has worked on several recent projects that have applied for, or will apply to receive LEED certification. These include Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro, North Carolina, Rockingham County Courthouse in Rockingham, North Carolina, and Joint Use Intelligence Analysis Facility in Charlottesville, Virginia. Mr. Bradford is a graduate of Northeastern University where he received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Colgate University where he received a B.A. degree in Economics. Mr. Bradford is currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering at the University of Virginia; and
Ryan Teeter, Kathleen Halpaus, and Jason Mullins have recently passed the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Professional Engineering examination and are now registered professional civil engineers. Mr. Teeter, a Senior Construction Manager with the Northern Virginia office, joined Timmons Group five years ago after receiving his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering and Construction Management from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Ms. Halpaus, a Project Engineer with the Tri-Cities office, joined Timmons Group five years ago after receiving her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech. Mr. Mullins, a Project Engineer with the Education group, joined Timmons Group five years ago after receiving his B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech.
According to UVA “E-News Online”, the following staff announcements have been made:
Joe Campbell, the Lucien Carr III professor in the Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), has received the 2009 John Tyndall Award from the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society and the Optical Society of America. Prof. Campbell holds degrees in physics from the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
Elmer L. Gaden Jr., a retired University of Virginia chemical engineering professor, has won the 2009 Fritz J. and Dolores H.
Russ Prize for his pioneering research that enabled the largescale manufacture of antibiotics. He joined the U.Va. engineering faculty in 1979 as the Wills Johnson Professor, chaired the Department of Chemical Engineering for three years, and remained at U.Va. until his retirement in 1994;
Richard W. Kent, an associate professor in the University of Virginia Engineering School’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in honor of his outstanding accomplishments in occupant safety and restraint performance, injury biomechanics and optimization. He holds degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Utah and a degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia;
and William Wulf, the AT&T Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and former president of the National Academy of Engineering, has been elected to serve as chair of the board of trustees for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI). Prof. Wulf received the first computer science Ph.D. ever awarded at the University of Virginia in 1968.
Virginia Tech University Distinguished Professor Emeritus J. Michael Duncan, of the College of Engineering’s Via Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive the 2009 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement Award for Education from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on April 23rd. A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1984, Dr. Duncan has made substantial contributions to the discipline of geotechnical engineering through his work in areas of soil shear strength and slope stability, seepage through soils, embankment dam engineering, and finite element analysis methods for soil structures. For his work, Dr. Duncan has received several prominent awards including his election to the National Academic of Engineering. He is Distinguished Member of the ASCE. He has received three Outstanding Faculty Awards at the University of California, Berkley, the George Westinghouse national teaching award from the American Society for Engineering Education, four College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Awards at Virginia Tech, and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. He has been awarded the Collingwood Prize, the Huber Research Prize, the Middlebrooks Award (in 1980, 1987, and 2003), the Wellington Prize, the State-of-the-Art Award from ASCE, was named the Outstanding Engineering Educator in Virginia in 1994, and the Terzaghi Award from ASCE in 2003. In 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the Department of the Army for his work investigating failures of floodwalls and levees in New Orleans during hurricane Katrina. In 2008, he received the H. Bolton Seed Medal from ASCE, and foreign honorary membership in the Japanese Geotechnical Society. Dr. Duncan received his bachelor’s degree and maste’s degree from Georgia Tech, and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
Janis Terpenny, associate professor of engineering education and mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, recently received the university’s 2008 Edward S. Diggs Teaching Scholars Award. Sponsored by the Virginia Tech Academy of Teaching Excellence, the Diggs Teaching Scholars Award was established in 1992 and is presented annually to three Virginia Tech faculty members to recognize exceptional contributions to the teaching program and learning environment. Dr. Terpenny is director of the National Science Foundation Center for e-Design, a multi-university National Science Foundation industry-university cooperative research center. Her research is focused on revolutionizing how engineered products and systems are designed. Her primary focus is on design process and methods for early stages of problem/requirements definition and the generation and evaluation of design concepts; the representation, capture and reuse of knowledge and information in design; the definition of product families and platforms; and methods to predict and plan for obsolescence in products and systems. Dr. Terpenny is devoted to increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in engineering through personal mentoring, providing research opportunities to undergraduates, and design projects that allow students to personally connect and contribute to solutions that benefit individuals, society, or the world in which they live. She has been the principal or co-principal investigator on more than $5 million of research funded by the National Science Foundation and industry, and has published several book chapters, and more than 80 peer-reviewed publications. She is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of International Education, and Alpha Pi Mu. She currently serves as the design economics area editor for The Engineering Economist. Dr. Terpenny received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Paul Raeburn, a former science editor and senior writer at Business Week, will spend two days on the Virginia Tech campus March 23rd and 24th as the College of Engineering’s first guest speaker of the newly funded “Jebson-Nystrom Science and Technology Writer in Residence Endowment.” Bob Jebson of Culpeper, Virginia, a 1956 metallurgical engineering graduate and a member of the College of Engineering’s Committee of 100, founded Environmental Systems Service Limited in 1973, and now maintains three facilities in Virginia. Mr. Jebson is a pioneer in the testing of water, wastewater and dairy products, and more recently expanded his company into food analysis. An admirer of technology communication, Mr. Jebson directed a $50,000 gift to the College of Engineering’s public relations program, and worked with Lynn Nystrom, director of news and external relations for engineering, to develop the guidelines that call for a nationally recognized science and technology writer to spend a few days on campus each year. Mr. Jebson said he “established this endowment to enable the college to sponsor a science/technology writer in residence program to interact with students and faculty and share ideas about Virginia Tech’s research and educational innovations with these distinguished guests.” Mr. Raeburn is the author of the memoir Acquainted with the Night: A Parent’s Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children. From 1996 to 2003, he was at Business Week magazine, and before that, he was the science editor and chief science correspondent at The Associated Press. He is a commentator for National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, and an occasional guest host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation: Science Friday. He is also the author of Mars, published by the National Geographic Society in 1998, and The Last Harvest, published by Simon & Schuster in 1995. He has written for The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Psychology Today, The Washington Post, Discover, Popular Science, Child, Self, Technology Review and many other newspapers and magazines. Mr. Raeburn is a past president of the National Association of Science Writers and a recipient of its Science-in-Society Award. He also has received the Associated Press Managing Editors Award for excellence, two Deadline Club awards, two Computer Press Association awards, and the John P. McGovern Award for Excellence in Medical Communications from the American Medical Writers Association. He is an honorary member of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. Mr. Raeburn has been a journalism fellow at Stanford University, and science-writer-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a bachelor’s degree in physics.
Saifur Rahman, the Joseph Loring Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering and director, Virginia Tech Advanced Research Institute (ARI), has been appointed by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to serve a one-year term on its Advisory Committee for GPRA Performance Assessment (AC/GPA) to determine whether NSF-sponsored programs are meeting the foundation’s strategic outcome goals of discovery, learning, and research infrastructure. The Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), passed in 1993, holds federal agencies accountable for using resources wisely and achieving program results. The GPRA requires agencies to develop plans for what they intend to accomplish, measure how well they are doing, make appropriate decisions based on the information they have gathered, and communicate information about their performance to U.S. Congress and to the public. Dr. Rahman’s term began on January 1st, 2009, and will run through December 31st, 2009. Dr. Rahman received his bachelor’s degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, a master’s degree from the State University of New York, and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech.
Thomas Rondeau was awarded one of two Council of Graduate Schools (CGS)/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Awards at the 48th annual conference of the CGS held in Washington, D.C. “Few graduate students have had as much influence on a field of research as has Tom. While an undergraduate, he originated a key idea that made cognitive radio possible,” said Charles W. Bostian, Ph.D., distinguished professor of engineering at Virginia Tech, and Dr. Rondeau’s academic advisor. According to Dr. Bostian, a cognitive radio is an intelligent radio transceiver that is aware of its environment, its own capabilities, users’ needs and priorities, and the legal regulations governing its operation. According to Dr. Rondeau, the next 5 to 10 years will see an implementation of cognitive radio in a broad range of communication products, like those used by emergency responders. The awards recognize recent doctoral recipients who already made unusually significant and original contributions to their fields. ProQuest, the world’s premier dissertation publisher, sponsors the awards and an independent committee from the CGS selects the winners. Recipients receive a certificate, a $2,000 honorarium, and travel to the awards ceremony. Dr. Rondeau received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering with a minor in literature from Virginia Tech as well as his master of science, and Ph.D.